A happy ending in Bangkok

I have been on countless overnight buses, but one stands out from it all. I had only been backpacking for a few weeks on my first solo trip around the world and was heading towards Bangkok from Koh Samui. I had an amazing time travelling Malaysia for about a month before travelling to Thailand. I didn’t know what to expect of Thailand. I feared that it was ruined by tourism, but I had heard so many good things about Thailand, that I was still hopeful. My start in Thailand wasn’t the best, especially the overnight bus was tough. Read more about this bus ride here.

A bad start
I started in Koh Phi Phi, but it wasn’t really my thing. It was beautiful, sure, but in opinion it has turned into a party place, where a lot of travellers didn’t respect the culture or the locals for that matter. So I headed to Koh Samui, another placed I had heard great things about, but I ended up spending most of my time alone because there weren’t really any backpackers near, only old men looking for a young Thai girlfriend. As you might have guessed I didn’t spend much time in Southern Thailand.

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The worst bus ride ever
I booked a overnight bus to Bangkok to get away from the Islands. It turned out to be the worst bus ride I would ever take. The bus ride went pretty smoothly during the day. At midnight we had a stop at a restaurant in the middle of nowhere while the staff prepared the bus for the night. After a while we got back into the bus and everyone tried to get some sleep. The woman next to me told me to lock my back with a padlock, because one of her friend had money stolen during a night bus to Bangkok.

Almost getting robbed
I was having a hard time falling asleep. The bus ride wasn’t bumpy or anything, I just couldn’t sleep, I don’t know why. After hours of struggling I was almost falling a sleep when I felt a hand at my foot. A little Thai guy was underneath the seat in front of my and was checking all the bags for money. I just started kicking his hand, I didn’t really know what to do. I warned the people around me and was unable to sleep for the rest of the drive.

The long walk through Bangkok
An hour and a half later we arrived in Bangkok. I hadn’t booked any accommodation, but I knew the name of a hostel near Khao San Road or at least that’s what I thought. I asked a police officer and was pointed a direction away from the street. They told me it was going to be a long way, but I insisted on walking. I asked a few other Thais and everyone pointed me in the same direction. In the end I ended in an area with quite expensive hotels. That couldn’t be right. I walked back and asked another Thai but was pointed in the same direction. I thought I might had been mistaken about the hotel, perhaps my hostel was just a bit further. It wasn’t. I was tired, exhausted and lost in the middle of Bangkok. I walked back and passed a group of Thai men and two English backpackers. I guess it was easy to see my frustration, because the group called me over and asked if I needed help. All the sudden I was holding a beer in my hand and watched the sunrise while the Thai men help me find the address for the hostel and found a taxi driver, who knew the place. It might not have a perfect start to the story, but it has a perfect happy ending

 

Tine

Siden jeg var barn har jeg drømt om at tage ud og rejse. I år 2011 tog jeg for første gang afsted på en længere rejse. Det endte med at blive seks måneders solorejse og siden har jeg blot forsat med at rejse. Jeg elsker kultur, at se steder som jeg ikke har set før og mødet med de lokale. Jeg rejser sjældent med en guidebog eller kort, da jeg er ret god til at finde vej og elsker at gå på opdagelse. Til gengæld er også jeg utrolig god til at miste mine ting og burde snart indberegne erstatning for mistede ting i mine budgetter....

Tak fordi du læser med!

Tine

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Siden jeg var barn har jeg drømt om at tage ud og rejse. I år 2011 tog jeg for første gang afsted på en længere rejse. Det endte med at blive seks måneders solorejse og siden har jeg blot forsat med at rejse. Jeg elsker kultur, at se steder som jeg ikke har set før og mødet med de lokale. Jeg rejser sjældent med en guidebog eller kort, da jeg er ret god til at finde vej og elsker at gå på opdagelse. Til gengæld er også jeg utrolig god til at miste mine ting og burde snart indberegne erstatning for mistede ting i mine budgetter.... Tak fordi du læser med!

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